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Key Lime Pie Recipe
Bayfield Waffles

This page is a collection of solutions I've needed for my own use and have put them here largely because I wanted them easily accessible. I hope you find them useful.

Remote Assistance Assistance

#1 Windows Remote Assistance Webpage

#2 How to handle PC that have natted IP addresses

#3 Webpage that will give you your public IP address


Pegasus Mail


Adobe Acrobat Issues


Groupwise and Novell Issues


Should I re-install my OS, good Internet habits, how to go about re-installing my operating system, should I buy or build a new computer.


Real Player/producer


How do I backup my sites and settings for CuteFTP? There are two ways. Copy the contents of C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\GlobalSCAPE\CuteFTP to your backup location or open the program > click Help > Backup Registration and Personal Data


Promise TX2300 RAID card installation

Alternatives to the Promise RAID controller






IE Auto-complete not working?


Event Type: Error
Event Source: EventSystem
Event Category: (50)
Event ID: 4609
Date: 4/13/2006
Time: 9:29:41 PM
User: N/A
Computer: SERVER
The COM+ Event System detected a bad return code during its internal processing. HRESULT was 8007041F from line 44 of d:\qxp_slp\com\com1x\src\events\tier1\eventsystemobj.cpp. Please contact Microsoft Product Support Services to report this error.


Windows Networking Stuff



How to remove specific characters from a huge text list.

Objective - You want to remove the numbers, the space, the dash and the space from the following list so that all is left is the genre.

Method - Paste the text into a Word document. Click Edit > Replace > Click the More button > put a check in the Use Wildcards box > put 2 question marks, a space, a dash and a space in the "Find What" field ?? - . Leave the "Replace" with field blank. Click Replace All. Voila!

If you have a varying sequence(your numbers go to 3 digits) you'll have to replace using the above ?? - string and then use one question mark to remove the remaining digit.

00 - Blues
01 - Classic Rock
02 - Country
03 - Dance
04 - Disco
05 - Funk
06 - Grunge
07 - Hip-Hop
08 - Jazz
09 - Metal
10 - New Age
11 - Oldies
12 - Other
13 - Pop
14 - R&B



Sudden slowdown of CD DVD performance, specifically, ripping is slow. - Go to this page and all your troubles will go away. http://www.michna.com/kb/WxDMA.htm if this is offline, go here. Donate $5 to this guy, it's way worth it.



My Favorite Software


Disk Maintenance Utility

Monastic Web Site Monitoring

Website Copier

Belarc Advisor
PC Hardware and Software Inventory

Alternate Program Uninstall Tool

Recuva - Undeleting content on USB drive.

Erasing Data

Eraser, Darik's Nuker

Allway Sync
File Sync and backup utility - freeware
This is pretty awesome!! Buy the commercial version to reward the author for a job well done.

K9 Web Protection
Protecting your family from the Internet

Screen Image Capture rated highly by Kirby author

ExamDiff Pro
Be all, end all of File Comparison programs
FastStone Image Viewer
Kirby Alarm
Superior Alarm Software (it does so much more) Go get this now and learn to use it. You will be glad you did.
System security
Easy CD Extractor
MP3 Ripper Extraordinaire

Super MP3 Recorder Pro
Another option for recording Internet audio

Really nice slipstream tool
Open DNS
Excellent Tool for Restricting Access to the Internet

Android Apps I Use http://m.softmimo.com/, Radar Express, Asana, Barcode Scanner, Bible, Calendar Event Reminder, ES File Explorer, Evernote, eWeather HD, GPS Status, Home Switcher, Jota+, K-9 Mail, MySword, n7Player, Notification Toggle, Ping and DNS, Proportions Calculator, Scan, Smart Voice Recorder, fncalculator.com,

i-Sound WMA MP3 Recorder
Internet and Computer Based Audio Recording
Excellent software for recording audio on your computer. I use it to record streaming post-production Internet radio programs.
It has integrated scheduling and voice actuation, the two most important options that I need.

Excellent PC Hardware Inventory Tool


Change the location of your favorites by editing the following keys

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders


Microsoft Outlook Issues


Having trouble setting the XP environment to "Best Appearance"? Try this.


Microsoft Time Zone Editor


Outlook 2007 problems

The required file naCmnlib.dll cannot be found in your path. Install Microsoft Office Outlook again.

This is a mcafee file and is found in the McAfee Common Framework folder in Program Files.

Try reinstalling McAfee and if that doesn't work, just remove McAfee completely and don't use an Anti-virus program. Yes, that's what I said. If you know what you're doing and don't do ignorant things with your computer and others don't use your computer, then forget using A/V software. The computer will perform better anyway.  If you don't agree with me, fine, I don't want to hear your opinion. Do whatever turns your rotor.


1/22/2007 Outlook is crashing again, but there was very little information in the crash window that popped up. I tried rebooting, and then clearing my mail via webmail (I've had bad emails crash other email apps). Neither of these helped. Hmmm... maybe McAfee has broken outlook again. I removed McAfee and sure enough, Outlook started working.

Event Type: Error
Event Source: Microsoft Office 12
Event Category: None
Event ID: 1000
Date: 1/22/2007
Time: 6:40:20 AM
User: N/A
Computer: SERVER
Faulting application outlook.exe, version 12.0.4518.1014, stamp 4542840f, faulting module scanemal.dll, version, stamp 4480ec45, debug? 0, fault address 0x0000349d.


How to get a page count from a HP Laserjet 1300

You need to print a configuration page. Here's how - There is one button and two lights on the front of your printer. The button is referred to as the “Go Button”. The two lights to the left of the button are the “Ready” and “Go” lights, top and bottom respectively. While the printer is in the “Ready” state (Ready light is green), press and hold the "Go" button until the "Go" light (bottom light) turns orange (about 6 seconds) and then release the "Go" button.


Where does IE7 store it's cache / temporary internet files? C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files


CuteFTP settings for folder synchronization.

If the destination date is <no matter> & the size is <different> during <any transfer>, then <overwrite>. Settings file available here.


MSXML 4.0 SP2 Security Update (KB927978) is being reoffered


How to schedule a defrag of your drives - Create a batch file, with the following content and then run the batch monthly with kirby alarm.


C:\WINDOWS\system32\defr ag.exe driveletter: -f (the -f  forces a defrag on the drive)
C:\WINDOWS\system32\defrag.exe driveletter: -f

Replace driveletter: with whatever drive you want to defrag, followed by a colon.If you have more than one drive, enter a defrag command line for each drive. They will defrag one at a time in the order listed.


Edit, Search, Install items missing from the context menu

This is usually, if not always caused by a problematic third-party shell extension. This is the Google discussion that helped me find the fix. Here's Ramesh's Page on the subject and my mirror of it in case it goes away.   Here's an excellent program to help you.      And here's my mirror of the file. Here's an app (that I haven't tried) that may be useful when you have things working normally again.


Intel BOXDP35DPM LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard


A user on an XP box with less than admin privileges wants to run a program as administrator without manually entering the admin credentials each time. Can this be done? Yes.

"Create a shortcut to the program and then under the properties for that program icon in the Target add:  c:\windows\system32\runas.exe /savecred /user:Administrator before the actual path, so for internet explorer it would like this:  c:\windows\system32\runas.exe /savecred /user:Administrator "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE"


CuteFTP breaks ability to right click a batch file and click Edit.

CuteFTP adds a context menu item called CuteFTP 8 Professional Shell Extension which breaks the ability to right click a batch file and click "Edit". Use the program called ShellExView to find this and disable it.


Whois Information

Easy access to whois information http://whois.domaintools.com/domainame Replace the word domainname with whatever domain you wish to get info about.


Free Software Sites

Free software researcher Ian Richards, Gizmo’s Tech Alert. Ian does objective reviews. He joined Windows Secrets Newsletter.

Download This from Laura Blackwell
Kim Komando


Excel Scaling Not Working

If Excel is not scaling any longer for you, try changing your printer driver. Mine stopped one day and I changed from PS to PCL driver and all was well.


Running MSConfig gives the following error - An Access Denied eror was returned while attemtping to change a service, You may need to log on using an administrator account to make specific changes.

Fix: If you're using McAfee A/V disable On Access Scan. You may have to poke around a while in the console to change a setting that will permit this. Look for confirmation that On Access Scan is off. The McAfee icon may have a red circle/slash on it. Now run MSConfig and close it. When I did these things, MSConfig runs normally now.


Having trouble with a Microsoft Update? Start an online support request here: https://support.microsoft.com/oas/default.aspx?gprid=6527


Path to the Vista start menu: C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup


Time to Review your Backup Procedures


Vista/Windows 7 Info



Microsoft Word 2007 Spellchecker Not Working After Upgrade From 2003


Removing Vista Update Files (doesn't remove the updates, just the temporary files. This will make all updates permanent)


Pinning a file to the Start Menu - Drag it to the start button, then to the pinning area.



Why doesn't Chrome remember its window size settings?


1- Open Google Chrome
2- Click the Wrench
3- Click "exit"
4- Immediately open google chrome again
5- Resize Window to desired size
6- Close google chrome using the "x" at top right of screen


Other products similar to Ring Central - Since RingCentral launched, several competitors have entered the market. These include M5 Networks ( http://www.m5net.com/) and Packet 8 (http://www.packet8.net >> changed to http://www.8x8.com/ ).